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BOE Adopted Budget

Budget Hearing

Accolades & Awards

 

Budget Advances Educational Initiatives for All Students

  • A budget within the allowable tax cap levy limit, the Board has never proposed a levy above the limit
  • Maintenance of District class sizes with a target of 22 students K-12
  • Full-time Health Assistant for middle school
  • Continue to pay fees for International Baccalaureate & Advanced Placement exams for all students
  • Increase psychological services in the middle and elementary school
  • Increase mandated special education teachers and support staff
  • Facility improvements throughout District

 

Tax Levy Below Cap

Since New York State’s adoption of the mandated tax cap, the Harrison Central School District tax levy has been at or below the cap.   The 2020-21 budget proposes a tax levy increase of 2.10%, below the allowable tax levy cap.

Dear Community Members:

We are facing unprecedented times. The 2020-21 school budget was prepared in the midst of unforeseen circumstances and unanticipated challenges brought on by a global pandemic.  Our schools were closed in March and all educational and business functions were completely reimagined. The Board and the entire Harrison Learning Community sustained the commitment to educating our children guided by our core values of Equity, Access, Rigor, and most importantly in this environment, Adaptability.

The proposed budget acknowledges that the impacts of COVID-19 cannot be fully known. However, we are confident our experienced leadership team has developed a budget that supports the success of students and the financial stability of the community. The budget was prepared with the possibility of an extended closure during the upcoming year, and/or opening with safety protocols in place to protect the health and safety of our students and staff.

The Harrison Central School District embraces excellence, rigorous learning, and enriching educational experiences for every student. The budget ensures students will continue to flourish and be inspired by their teachers in every aspect of learning and emotional well-being whether in person, virtually, or in a blended model. The Board is grateful for the dedication of faculty and staff who have demonstrated unprecedented innovation and commitment in these extraordinary times.  

The Board is proud that the District maintains a Standard and Poor’s Global Rating of “AAA.”  This rating is evidence of our sound financial and organizational management and maximizing of taxpayer dollars. Long term financial planning has ensured the District was able to access the most competitive rates of borrowing for the facility improvement bonds. The Harrison Central School District remains one of only three districts in New York State with the “AAA” rating from Standard and Poor’s. The District was recognized for the 12th consecutive year for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials International.

The Harrison community’s continuous support of our schools has provided outstanding educational experiences for our children. All of the accomplishments and opportunities of our students and faculty are made possible by your ongoing support. The budget provides exceptional learning experiences for students and provides the maximum value to Harrison’s taxpayers in spite of restrictive state policies and unfunded mandates.

Since New York State’s adoption of the mandated tax cap, the Harrison Central School District tax levy has been at or below the cap.   The 2020-21 budget proposes a tax levy increase of 2.10%, below the allowable tax levy cap.

The Board thanks the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, who endured a truncated schedule because of the mandated quarantine. The Board appreciates the continued community support in providing the best possible education for Harrison’s children.

Sincerely,

Board of Education: Kelly Mulvoy Mangan, President; Lindy Wolverton, Vice President Trustees: Dennis DiLorenzo, Noreen Lucey,  Kelly Kozak, Placido Dino Puccio, Robert C. Sullivan, Jr.
Louis N. Wool, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools


Budget Prepares for Multiple Scenarios
Focuses on Health, Safety, and Children
Remains Below Tax Cap